Reishi Mushrooms

By Shana Perkins, HHC

Reishi mushrooms, also known as Ganoderma lucidum, have been used extensively in Traditional Chinese Medicine for centuries. They have been called the “King of Herbs” and “Mushrooms of Immortality” and were used by royalty to increase longevity. When taken consistently as a supplement, results can be quite miraculous. The reasons for this are numerous.

Reishi mushrooms contain Organic Germanium, Polysaccharides and Triterpenes which strengthen your immune system and make you more resistant to disease. These immune boosting properties of reishi mushrooms help with all illnesses, but may be particularly helpful in the fight against cancer. According to “Prescription for Dietary Wellness” author Phyllis A. Balch and other experts, a substance in reishi called canthaxanthin helps slow the growth of tumors and the glucan in reishi helps bind immune cells to existing tumor cells. The Japanese government has officially recognized it as a cancer treatment.

Many people also report that after taking reishi their asthma improves and their allergies disappear as well. This is due to how effective it is at ridding the body of toxins and reducing the inflammation that builds up in the airways. In fact, studies show that reishi improves overall cardiovascular health by stimulating the blood circulation mechanism throughout the entire body. It has been known to have great effects on both lowering blood cholesterol and blood pressure.

A potent antioxidant, these magnificent mushrooms also combat the free radicals that we are exposed to each day. Free radicals are constantly assaulting our body and are a huge factor in the aging process. We are exposed to them through food sources, cigarette smoke, pollution and many other ways. While there is little we can do to annihilate our exposure to free radicals, we can consume antioxidants like reishi mushrooms so they don’t affect us as badly.

It seems that the list of benefits for this mushroom is endless. Reishi mushrooms help in the fight against diabetes and obesity by regulating blood sugar and have favorable effects on lipid profiles (cholesterol and triglycerides) which are frequently elevated in those with diabetes and obesity. The active molecules offer neuroprotection by stimulating the production of nerve growth factor, which in turn supports the rapid development of healthy neurons and enhances their mitochondrial function. Not to mention reishi is also known to safequard your liver!

Reishi mushrooms are known as an “adaptogen”, meaning they adapt to the personalized environment of your unique body and helps whatever in your body needs helping. This is one supplement with benefits you don’t want to miss out on. You can take reishi in a pill form, an extract or make it as a tea. Reishi mushrooms are one way to truly cherish your body.

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2 Responses to Reishi Mushrooms

  1. Vinny Grette says:

    Wow, I learn something new every day. Do you have some scientific references for this info?


  2. teamcherish says:

    Hi VinneGrette,

    I’m sorry for the delay in replying. I wanted to make sure I gave you reliable scientific studies. The ones listed below are recent.

    The mushroom Ganoderma lucidum suppresses breast-to-lung cancer metastasis through the inhibition of pro-invasive genes

    Ganoderma atrum polysaccharide evokes antitumor activity viacAMP-PKA mediated apoptotic pathway and down-regulation of Ca2+/PKC signal pathway

    Antimicrobial and demelanizing activity of Ganoderma lucidumextract, p-hydroxybenzoic and cinnamic acids and their synthetic acetylated glucuronide methyl esters

    Protective effects of Ganoderma lucidum spore on cadmium hepatotoxicity in mice


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